HIST1500 - Modern History after ca 1750


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 6 hours E

Course content

This course provides students with detailed overview of the important social, economic and political processes within Norwegian and International history from ca 1750 up to the 21st century. An important goal is to emphasise the linkage between Norwegian, European and global histories, as well as to highlight the different perspectives in the historiography. The course starts with the Enlightenment and the major upheavals in the 18th century, and explores other key themes like the industrial revolution, nationalism in Europe, European expansion and imperialism. Other important themes are the great wars, genocide and human catastrophes of the first half of the 20th century, the political and economic developments in the inter-war years, the Cold War, and trans-national projects (like the European integration), decolonisation, the liberation of women, developments in the Middle East, and economic and cultural globalisation. Above all, the course will highlight the ways in which international trends and events influence developments in Norway.

Learning outcome

A candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome according to the course curriculum, defined as knowledge and skills:

The candidate:
- has broad knowledge in important political, economical and social history in the period after ca. 1850
- is familiar with different perspectives used by historians to explain fundamental historical themes in the period.
- has general knowledge about the inter-connections between Norwegian, European and global history.

The candidate
- is able to explain important historical developments in the period after ca. 1750
- is able to carry through a source analysis that complies with the requirements of academic writing
- is able to discuss historical issues and to draw independent conclusions

General competence:
The candidate
- is able to engage in discussions and has insights into relevant ethical and historical considerations and is therefore able to analyse a case from different points of view. Critical thinking is central here.
- is able to convey key issues such as historical insight and theory through experience with handling large amounts of information, and is able to present findings both in writing and verbally, or through other revelant modes of expression
- is able to plan and execute assignments over time

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group assignments. Assignments and term paper.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignment
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Further on evaluation

Written examination can be held digitally, which assesses a broad spectre of skills (e.g. textual analysis, picture analysis and use of sources).
Exam registration requires that class registration and all compulsory assignments are approved in the same semester.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

See curriculum published at the start of the semester and other materials (reading lists and other relevant information) published on Blackboard

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HIST1250 15.0 01.09.2017
HIST1150 7.5 01.09.2017
HIST1550 15.0 01.09.2017
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  22.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 6
Lab hours: 2

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • History
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Institutt for historiske og klassiske studier



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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